Since 1999, the Fellows program has helped transform the lives of more than eight hundred people and has been commended by pastors for the dynamic impact it has had on their church.
Michael Ramsden, Director of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, calls the program “the most effective discipleship program I’ve seen anywhere in the world.” Gail Thompson, a Christian counselor and Fellows Program alumna, calls it “the single most effective resource I’ve experienced in my 34 years of ministry.”
The Fellows Program challenges and guides you on your journey towards spiritual maturity with an emphasis on both heart and mind. It involves Bible study, classic readings, lectures, group processing, personal spiritual mentoring and accountability - all in the context of a small group of likeminded believers.
Fellows continue in their careers while participating in this year-long program, and requirements are designed to be achievable even for busy professionals with families. The Fellows Program runs on the academic year, September through June, with summer readings beforehand.
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The program focuses on a different biblical theme each month, including:
Fellows groups are organized by gender and age:
The Fellows program roughly follows an academic calendar (September through June), with summer reading assignments and preliminary meetings beforehand. The formal program year begins with a September weekend retreat, the first weekend after Labor Day, which runs from Friday morning through lunchtime on Sunday. Thereafter, Fellows meet as a group one Saturday morning per month, 8:30-12:30 for instruction, discussion and fellowship.
The C.S. Lewis Fellows program requires a high level of commitment. Fellows are expected to complete all assignments and attend all regularly scheduled meetings.
It costs the Institute approximately $3,500 per person to provide the Fellows Program. However, in order to remove barriers to participation, we do not use a fixed tuition structure. Instead, we ask Fellows to make the Institute one of the ministries (after the church) that he or she supports on a regular basis.
Notwithstanding the above, all Fellows are asked to cover the cost of their participation in the weekend retreat and an urban service project day ("Urban Plunge"), the total for both is about $400. Fellows are also expected to pay for the books and materials required for the program, which will cost approximately $325 for the year (if purchased new).
After completing Year One, participants may opt to continue with more in-depth study in Year Two, which is offered every other year. The next Year Two Fellows Program will be offered in 2012.
A Year Two Fellows Program may be offered at the discretion of each city's Director. The Year Two program follows the same format and schedule as Year One but uses different themes, books and lecturers. It is designed to further develop and strengthen discipleship for the mature believer. The cost of the retreat, books, etc., is approximately the same as in Year One.
Those who have successfully completed Year One of the Fellows Program may request admission to Year Two by contacting the Fellows Program Director for their city. (City Director contact information may be found by clicking on the city name links above.)